Guy McHendry ’06 receives two major recognitions from Creighton University

George “Guy” McHendry ’06 of Omaha, Nebraska, associate professor of communication studies at Creighton University, received two major recognitions from his school in January.

He received the Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences 2023 Dean’s Award for Tenure Track Teaching. This award is one of the highest honors the college bestows and is awarded annually from nominations from colleagues. McHendry was noted for exemplifying Caring for the Whole Person, balancing the need to challenge students intellectually and to recognize demands they face outside of the classroom; his innovative teaching and willingness to share new teaching practices across the university and the country; and his commitment to working and publishing with students, including Keywords in Surveillance Studies, a free, open-access book co-written with students in his Surveillance Culture class.

He also was named Timms Professor and director of the Magis Core, an undergraduate curriculum similar to Ripon’s Catalyst curriculum. He previously had served as associate director and interim director. “The Magis Core is at the heart of both Creighton’s mission and the education our undergraduates receive,” McHendry says. “I am honored to be trusted with this important role. It is exciting to know I can have a meaningful impact on the liberal arts education Creighton students receive, especially because I know the impact Ripon’s liberal arts education had on me.”

At Ripon, he majored in communication.

McHendry teaches a variety of courses at Creighton University including Surveillance Culture, Rhetoric and Public Culture, Gender Communication, and Communication and Community.

His research focuses on rhetoric, with an emphasis on contemporary discourses of surveillance and security. His co-edited book Tracing Rhetoric and Material Life won the 2018 Tarla Rai Peterson Book Award in Environmental Communication. He recently signed a contract with Parlor Press for his next book, Data, which examines how our lives, both corporeal and digital, produce data for others to consume, analyze and use.


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